Tuesday, September 4, 2012

9-4-12 MCRC Briefs

Sept 4, 2012

LD24 Chairman Ed Hedges passed away this afternoon from a blood clot.  Hedges is well-known as the immedate past chairman of LD15 and for his annual operation of the GOP voter registration booth at the State Fair.  Services are pending.

Hedges, like former LD4 Chairman Bob Burges, who recently passed away, leave big shoes to fill.  Both men gave a tremendous amount of time and effort to the GOP.
Condolence To LD22 PC Jim Keller, who lost his wife (Betty) Friday during heart surgery.
A.J. Lafaro, Chairman, AZGOP Statewide Voter And PEVL Registration,  is asking for volunteers to help with voter registrations at senior or retirement centers.  Karen Thomas is coordinating the effort. Contact Thomas at 
The Arizona Chapter Of Americans For Prosperity Is Looking Forward To The Sept 5  Debate On The Arizona Obamacare Insurance Exchange from 1- 2:30 pm at the Goldwater Institute. Arguing against the exchange are two of the nation's foremost health care policy experts: Glendale physician and health care freedom advocate Dr. Eric Novack and Cato Institute health care policy analyst Michael Cannon. So far, no one has stepped forward to argue in behalf of the exchange – not one of the Chamber of Commerce members, lobbyists or the coalition for an Arizona State Exchange who support it, according to Arizona Director - Americans for Prosperity   (602) 478-0146. RSVP registrations to Bill Fathauer at or calling (480) 332-0477. Legislators and candidates who wish to sign the Arizona Health Care Freedom Pledge to stop the ObamaCare exchange should contact Tom Jenney at  

Bruce Ash Clarifies RNC Rules Amendments: Many thanks to those who have emailed or called since August 24th regarding two rules amendments that were approved by the Convention Committee on Rules and Order of Organization and ratified by a majority voice vote of the Republican delegates on the floor of the Convention last Tuesday afternoon.

As a bit of background……. Over 2 1/2 years I was honored to be elected and serve as chairman of the RNC Standing Committee On Rules. This committee met nine times from January 2010 through August 2012. During this period there were numerous amendments proposed that strengthen the interpretation of our party rules as well as give greater empowerment to our Republican activists. The committee submitted it's final report to the RNC membership for adoption and  those amendments were then submitted pursuant to our party rules to The Convention Committee on Rules and Order of Organization on August 23 rd.

The Convention Committee on Rules and Order of Organization passed several amendments which give added strength to our activists. Following are a summary of several examples of major rules reform implemented by the RNC:

Rule 4( c ) -- Which defines replacement of officers of the RNC in the event of a vacancy.

Rule 10 -- Which authorizes a Commission on Convention Planning to study how to better plan and organize future quadrennial conventions of the national party organization. This commission will submit its report in 2014.

Rule 10(a)(1) -- Which provides for pre submission of rule amendments that would give RNC Standing Committee on Rules members proper time to study proposed amendments prior to meeting.

Rule 10 (b)(5) --Which creates an RNC Standing Committee On Arrangements to plan the next quadrennial convention in 2016.

Rule 11--Which adds language making it necessary to get approval of all RNC elected officials of a state before making any in kind or monetary support for any public or party office.

Rule 15( c )(7) --Which imposes greater responsibility upon state parties to allow all active military, including wounded personnel, unable to attend or participate in person for primary elections and state party caucuses.

Rule 17(a) --Which allows Arizona to hold it's presidential preference primary the last Tuesday in February without additional penalty.    

These are all excellent additions to our party rules. 

There have been concerns amongst our activists created over changes on new rule 12 and rule 16. Please find some background on these two rules for your consideration:

First, Rule 12 allows our elected  RNC members to amend the Rules of the Republican Party  for up to two years after the convention ends.  Any rule changes during this time frame will require three-fourths of the members - not a quorum - to vote for the rule change.

The RNC previously had a temporary rule which required a  two-thirds vote of members which passed at the 2008 convention  and  applied until this convention . A  ¾’s vote  of the 168 member RNC  is a nearly an impossible threshold to meet . So Rule 12 makes it much  tougher to pass a rule change between conventions .This is good.

Rule 12 could be critical to the future  health of the Republican Party.  As we saw  last month  with Rule 16, the hand of a campaign can weigh  heavily  on our party at the convention. The views of a campaign and those of a political party are sometimes divergent from one another. The needs of the campaign are urgent and important ; but their horizon is usually just a couple of months . The partys needs are more long term.  It is important that when necessary we be able to revise our rules when an environment exists where the needs of the party become paramount.  We believe Rule 12 accomplishes that requirement.

There was no intent to disenfranchise the grassroots of our Republican Party with the addition of Rule 12 . Instead Rule 12 gives the elected members of the RNC Standing Committee On Rules flexibility to act in the long term interests of our political party on behalf of our grassroots provided there is a 3/4 vote of the RNC members.

Rules 16a(1) and (2) as finally amended and passed  REINFORCES  our rights at the state level to freely choose our delegates to a National Convention. The original version of this amendment was an over reach and most members immediately recognized it as such and went to work to correct.  The final form of this rule  change  strengthens  the ability of conservatives to maintain their current influence over our party and it's platform.

Rule 16a(1) requires Arizona to do what our state statute requires. Delegates will continue to use their best efforts to vote for the winner of our Presidential Preference Primary on the first ballot under Arizona Revised Statutes.

This rule amendment now makes it explicit instead of confusing as it was prior to this rule change. This always has been the intention of the Rules and 16a(1) fixed this problem. This Rule excludes those states where the Delegates and Alternates appear on a ballot and are elected directly by the primary voters.

Finally, Rule16a(2), which has caused so much controversy.  The final version of this Rule was approved overwhelmingly on Tuesday by the  Convention Rules Committee by a vote of 78 to 14 with our Arizona delegation members to the committee voting with the majority. Both the pro and the con sides were given equal time to speak on the amendment. After the vote was taken in the committee opponents of the rule change were unable to muster sufficient support to file a minority report to the convention.  As passed, the Rule requires AZGOP to follow State law and its By Laws and vote for the winner of the Primary. If a Delegate refuses to follow the rules, then they can be replaced with an Alternate and the correct vote cast. 

We as Republicans believe in following rules that are set forth for our Party.  What has occurred in a number of States during this primary season including Arizona can be detrimental to our future ability to elect our Republican nominee . After winning the Arizona Presidential Preference Primary Mitt Romney was entitled to 29 votes from Arizona but only received 26 at the convention. The Convention Tally Committee decided to allow votes to be cast for several different individuals that should have been cast for Mitt Romney because of the confusion that existed in the Rules of this convention. Rule 16a(1) and (2) should remedy this problem. 

Finally, a clarification of the voice vote that took place on the floor of the convention August 28 th to approve the Rules. There are a few who believe that the vote was close and there should have been division called and recognized. I would point out the convention is not run under Robert's Rules. Instead the proceedings are conducted using the rules of The US House of Representatives which gives the Convention Chairman broad latitude to conduct the business of the convention. 

Additionally, based on a canvas done earlier by state delegations, there was a substantial majority of Delegates who supported passage of the Rules, including Arizona.  The voice vote on the floor, unfortunately, included Alternates and Guests in the convention hall voicing an illegal vote. Even then it was clear that the ayes were more than sufficient to carry the report of the committee.

Thank you for your consideration and trust in our process. Both The RNC Standing Committee on Rules and The Convention Committee on Rules and Organization did a remarkable job and the final product reflects the efforts of the committee chairman and all members to thoughtfully consider reform to our party rules and create opportunities for all of our activists to participate in electing Republican candidates.

Now is the time for all Republicans who believe in restoring American excellence to come together and support our GOP ticket for The White House. By the very nature of contested primaries and conventions politics is often a bruising experience. This is nothing new. Every time Republicans become united we win elections. The stakes in this election are enormous. I hope you will agree with me that between now and November 6th we will all work on the same side fighting just like our founding fathers did when they faced an oppressive foe.
Richard Carmona’s Absence From Charlotte Doesn’t Change His Support For President Obama’s Failed Agenda: As Democrats descend on Charlotte to re-nominate President Barack Obama, noticeably absent is his handpicked candidate Democrat Richard Carmona.   Carmona’s absence doesn’t hide the fact that he been a strong supporter of the President’s failed policies – like his job-killing healthcare bill.  As National Journal’s Hotline reports: Arizona Democratic Senate nominee Richard Carmona does not plan to attend the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. … Carmona spokesman Andy Barr told Hotline On Call the former surgeon general does not currently plan to go to Charlotte.  (Sean Sullivan, Carmona Planning to Skip Dem Convention, Hotline, 6/26/12) “Richard Carmona can try and hide from his party, but it doesn’t change the fact that he was the only Democrat to be personally recruited by President Obama,” said Arizona Republican Party spokesman Tim Sifert.  “Despite this election year stunt, voters know that Richard Carmona will continue to rubberstamp President Obama’s failed agenda.” 

A Vernon Parker for Congress General Election Campaign Kick-off with special guest Congressman David Schweikert will be held from 6-8 pm, Sept 8 at the home of Jennifer and Mark Dioguardi. Co-hosts: John Bouma, Scott Knauer, Rose McCaffrey, Steve Roman and Sal DiCiccio. Co-Chairs $500 per person/$1,000 per couple. Individual Tickets $125 per person / $250 per couple. Business Casual Attire.  RSVP: Tysen Schlink at   480-789-986
Arizona’s State Historian Marshall Trimble will be a special guest at JP Clancy Jayne’s “Breakfast with the Judge” at 8 am, Fri, Sept 7 at the Deer Valley Airport, 702 W. Deer Valley Rd, Phx. Purchase your own breakfast.  RSVP:
With Arizona’s Delegation To The Republican National Convention now returning home from Tampa, AZGOP Chairman Tom Morrissey commended the delegates for their participation in nominating Mitt Romney as our candidate for President of the United States and Paul Ryan as the Vice Presidential nominee.  Morrissey especially thanked Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who traveled to Tampa to be with the Republican delegation from Arizona on this historic occasion. “We have a strong team in Romney and Ryan and they are our country’s best hope for turning our nation around and once again moving forward,” said Morrissey.  “It was an amazing experience to travel so far and meet so many people at the Convention that were truly excited about our Governor Jan Brewer and so fervently expressing their enthusiasm for Sheriff Joe Arpaio.  Sheriff Arpaio took the time to be with us and we’re very grateful, especially because, as usual, he’s rendering his support by being a true friend to the Republican Party, and is always willing to help.  Sheriff Arpaio’s popularity is an incredible national phenomenon, it was just astounding to see how eager so many people were to actually meet him in person and shake his hand and tell him what a great job he’s doing in Arizona.” |

Arizona Delegates Attract Fans: Brewer, Arpaio, McCain In GOP Spotlight During Tampa Convention   Dan Nowicki

Maricopa County Republican Committee 2nd Vice Chairman Rene Lopez  is asking Republican clubs/organizations to work with their legislative district leadership to elect Republicans in the General Election. LD boundaries maps:  azredistrictingmaps  See  for daily  updates and calendar listings.  LD Chairmen below:
LD1      Cathy Schwanke 
LD4      Rhonda King      
LD12    Mickie Niland    
LD13    Dr. Robert Branch
LD15    Dave Henderson
LD16    Ed Saltou           
LD17    Renee Lopez      
LD18    Jeni White         
LD19    Cherie Scott      
LD20    Ray Malnar       
LD21   Lisa Gray             
LD22    Eric Morgan            
LD23    Doug Little            
LD24    Ed Hedges         
LD25    Haydee Dawson 
LD26    Raymond Jones 
LD27    Terry Rapp        
LD28    Scott O’Connor  
LD29    Steve Kennedy
LD30    Timothy Schwartz

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